online abuse

Online violence

Contrary to claims that cyberhate is mostly innocuous because it’s ‘virtual’, the widespread suffering caused to women can be significant, says UNSW Senior Lecturer Dr Emma A. Jane.

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Women on the internet have become accustomed to vicious name-calling. But Emma A. Jane and Nicole Vincent say it's time women started reporting such cyber abuse to police.

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Cyber violence is a form of violence. This is because misogynist e-bile – alongside the racist and homophobic versions – can cause its targets actual harm and not mere offence, writes Emma Jane.